I launched The Diversity Projekt a little more than a year ago. Time flies when you are having fun. I not only launched my own space but I also left the corporate world and transitioned into public service/non profit. I finally feel like I am making a difference in the lives of some of the most at-risk and defenseless people on earth - refugees. I pinch myself a lot. It truly is surreal! Amazing! Over the last year, I have built a strong readership with TDP and have forged collaborations with a diverse group of bloggers, community activists and grass roots initiatives. As time goes on TDP is turning into a lifeblog, crossing discussions of gender, race, sexuality, race, politics, and just the ever day.
Nevertheless, I have received several inquiries to start writing for other platforms, two of which are also online.  So, I have been trying to streamline all of my reading into either RSS feeds to my email or to GoogleReader. This of course ends up being quite difficult with LiveJournal, especially for those on my flist who filter their posts. Therefore, I have some decisions to make. I would really like to transition this blog and integrate my LJ friends list with my TDP readership. I hope that those of you who still follow me here would be so kind as too add my TDP feed to your GoogleReader or other aggregate program.

Some other sites to check out - Swirl, Inc., a national organization aimed at challenging notions of race through community building, education and action. I am the Director of the Philadelphia chapter. I am extremely proud of the work we are doing. One of our newest ventures is to consolidate our messaging into a strong national message. One way are doing this - launching a blog. We will be sending out a call for submissions within the next week or two and hope that anyone who is interested contributes. You can contact me directly at KathrinSwirl with any questions or with submissions. I will most likely be one of the editors.

I think that is all for now. I may post some pro-migrant call to actions later on this weekend. But for now I have to get some writing done and get ready for my trip to NYC tomorrow. Should be fun! :-)
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Philadelphia Joins Swirl to Launch Intercultural Community and Diversity Dialogue


Kathrin P. Ivanovic
Co-Organizer, SwirlPhilly

Swirl, Inc. Launches Chapter in the City of Brotherly Love 

Swirl, Inc. has partnered with Kathrin P. Ivanovic and Alexis Jeffcoat, two emerging young non-profit
leaders in Philadelphia, to launch and grow of a new, local chapter.

Philadelphia, PA, January 4, 2009 – Swirl, Inc. recently joined with Kathrin P. Ivanovic and Alexis Jeffcoat to launch its 11th local chapter in Philadelphia, PA.  Kathrin is a freelance writer who speaks regularly about cultural diversity and transnational race relations.  Kathrin hosts The Diversity Projekt on diversity and currently serves as the Director of Development for the Nationalities Service Center.  Alexis is a graduate student pursuing her Master of Arts in Humanities at Arcadia University.  She previously managed volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and just finished developing a volunteer program for Dress for Success Philadelphia.  She has also worked on the planning committee for the Walk for Paws, a major fundraiser for the Chester County SPCA. 

Philadelphia joins the SwirlFamily in 2009, during this historic time in American history. SwirlPhilly will work to build a community in Philadelphia that draws on its vibrant heritage and abundance of cultural diversity.  While many individuals have called Philadelphia home for generations, Philadelphia is also home to one of the largest new-immigrant communities in the country.   

Swirl has developed a two-pronged philosophy and vision focused initially on community building followed by programming focused on diversity advocacy and education. Through local community building, Swirl aims to challenge the idea that all individuals should be able to fit in one neatly packaged racial identity, label, or ethnic group. 

Swirl provides space for individuals who want to explore their identity, relate to others with similar experiences, or initiate community-led projects aimed at changing the way that society understands race and identity. Local chapters ultimately focus on growing and building capacity, and expanding programming to include a broader constituency. 

“While Swirl continues to recognize the importance of building communities that support mixed heritage individuals, couples, and families, we increasingly aim to collaborate with a diversity of communities. If we are going to improve the way that we deal with race and identity in this country, it is imperative that we come together. It is easy to talk about tough issues in the comfort of our own communities, but how often do we come together cross-culturally? This is what Swirl aims to do, and I am excited for this sort of space to be created in Philadelphia.” says Jen Chau, Executive Director and founder of Swirl, Inc. 

Swirl, Inc. is a national multi-ethnic organization founded in 2000 that challenges society’s notions of race through community building, education, and action.  Swirl is active in: Atlanta, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, NewLondon, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Phoenix. 


CAIR Philadelphia - Annual Banquet

This is my third year attending. It is a great, family-friendly event! Let me know if you are interested in joining me and we can possible snag a table together.  - Kathrin

CAIR-PA Philadelphia Chapter
Third Annual Banquet

American Muslims: Defining Ourselves

April 11, 2009
4:30 pm - 6:30 (Reception)
6:30 - 10:30 pm (Dinner and Program)

Springfield Country Club
400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA
Tel: 610-690-7600
(get directions)


Register Now!

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On April 11th, 2009, CAIR-PA will have exclusive use of the Springfield Country Club for our 3rd annual dinner With its breathtaking ambiance, magnificent ballrooms and beautifully decorated banquet halls, the Club will provide an exquisite setting for this special evening. The Club’s centralized location, just 40 minutes from Philadelphia, Villanova, and Bensalem, as well as complimentary on-site parking will make attendance more convenient for you, our valued supporters.

There will be a two hour reception, with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, before the start of the program, to provide guests the opportunity to socialize, network and visit exhibits.

CAIR-PA has once again put together a rich program featuring Dr. Muneer Fareed,as the keynote speaker. We are honored to have the renowned Imam Siraj Wahhaj to assist us in achieving our 2009 fundraising goals. We are also pleased to have Ahmed Soliman, an accomplished journalist and film maker, as our Master of Ceremony. Last, but certainly not least, we are fortunate to have Dean Obeidallah, a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, to entertain us. In addition, CAIR-PA's full-time staff will highlight our chapter's achievements this year and present our future goals and objectives to keep you well informed about our activities.

Children are welcome and their program will be just as entertaining. Back by popular demand, The Great Holtzie will be their featured entertainer. In addition, we will have a clown party with balloon twisting and magic illusions.

As you can see, this is going to be a fun night for the whole family. So, we hope you will attend and share this wonderful evening with us. To reserve your seat, please visit the registration page.

Those that would like to co-sponsor this event by exhibiting or including an advertisement in the program booklet are welcome to do so.

Hello Kitty WOC

The Diversity Projekt

I have been quite busy over the last couple of months.  The Diversity Projekt is up and running.  We have several events over the next couple of weeks.  The most important collaboration is tomorrow with the Black Women in Europe Consortium.  We will be liveblogging throughout Election Day from various locations in the US and abroad.  Many American expats working and living abroad will be blogging from US Embassies and Consulates abroad and I will be blogging from various polling stations and Obama campaign offices in Philadelphia.  I will end up at the Election Results Watch Party at Rum Bar (20th and Walnut Streets).  For the Philadelphianson my flist, I look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

This is most likely my last post here. I will try to cross feed my posts from TDP.